Laura Shoe

Jun 272016
 

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Jun 112016
 

Lightroom - no lens profile for Olympus, Fuji, Sony, otherIf you have ever tried to find a lens profile in the Lens Corrections panel for lenses for an Olympus, Sony, Fuji, or other mirrorless or compact camera, you know that there are none available. That said, you don’t have to create a custom lens profile.  Photographs from these cameras are too distorted to use without corrections applied, so Lightroom applies these corrections automatically rather than giving you the choice of whether to apply them or not.  If you are using Lightroom 6 or CC and you leave “Enable Profile Corrections” unchecked, you’ll see a message at the bottom of the Lens Corrections panel stating, “Built-in Lens Profile applied.” Note that this message will not appear if you check “Enable Profile Corrections” or if you are using a smart preview – nevertheless the built-in profile is still applied.

If you still see barrel or pincushion distortion or lens vignetting, which are issues that lens profiles are designed to fix, then you can go to the Manual tab and use the Distortion and Vignetting sliders to apply stronger corrections.

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Jun 082016
 

Lightroom 6.6 and CC 2015.6 What's NewAdobe today released Lightroom 6.6 and CC 2015.6. In addition to support for new cameras, new lens profiles and bug fixes, this free update introduces performance and other improvements for both Creative Cloud (CC) subscribers and 6 owners, and a new feature just for CC subscribers – Guided Upright, which allows you to draw lines on your photo to tell Lightroom what perspective corrections to make.

 

How to Update

If Lightroom doesn’t prompt you to update, go to Help>Updates. Creative Cloud subscribers can also use their Creative Cloud app – go to the Apps tab and click on Update next to Lightroom CC. If you are reading this on the release date (June 8) and the updates aren’t yet available, you can download the file directly and then double-click on it to run it. Download here: Mac Windows.

It’s always a good idea to back up your Lightroom catalog before updating. If Lightroom doesn’t prompt you to back up when you close it, then go to Edit (PC) or Lightroom (Mac) > Catalog Settings, and on the General tab set Back Up to “When Lightroom next exits”, and then close Catalog Settings and Lightroom.

I don’t anticipate major issues with this update, but if you don’t need the features and fixes right away, it never hurts to see how it goes for others. No news from me means that I haven’t heard of widespread serious issues.

 

New Camera Support

Raw files from the following new cameras can now be imported into Lightroom:

  • Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
  • Leica MD (Typ 262)
  • Nikon COOLPIX B700
  • Panasonic DMCGX85 (DMCGX80, DMCGX7MK2)

In addition, camera matching color profiles have been added to the Camera Calibration panel for Pentax 645Z, Pentax K1,and Pentax K3 II cameras, and automatic lens profile corrections have been added for Tokina and Tamron lenses on Canon and Nikon camera bodies.

 

Changes and Improvements for  CC Subscribers and 6 Owners

All changes below apply to both Lightroom CC and 6, unless otherwise indicated.

  • Lens Corrections panel functions have been reorganized into Lens Corrections and Transform panels. Upright and manual transformation sliders have been moved to the new Transform panel. For CC subscribers only: Guided Upright has been added to the Transform panel – read more about this in the next section.
Lens Corrections features reorganized into Lens Corrections and Transform panels

Lens Corrections features reorganized into Lens Corrections and Transform panels

  • In Develop, sequential navigation from one photo to the next will be faster, because upcoming photos are now pre-cached.
  • Exports should be faster. This will be noticeable for bulk exports.
  • You can now perform HDR and panorama merges when only smart previews are available. Note that smart previews are limited to 2,560 pixels,  so the resulting merged file will be smaller than a merge with master files. It will not be updated to full size and quality when your drive with the originals is reconnected. Because the drive and folder where the master files are stored are offline, you will be prompted to specify where the resulting merged DNG file should be saved.
  • With a photo selected, hovering over the large box in the Keywording panel will give you a tooltip with number of keywords applied.

Hover over keywording box for keyword count

  • You can now import a Photoshop Elements catalog that has images stored on a NAS (networked) drive.
  • Sub-location is no longer retrieved when performing address lookup / reverse geocoding. This does not affect photos that already have sub-location assigned.
  •  For CC subscribers, the Lightroom mobile tab in Preferences now has a Pending Sync Activity section. This area is useful for identifying any potential issues related to image syncing across the Lightroom family of applications (desktop, mobile and web).

 

New Guided Upright Feature for CC Subscribers Only

The new Guided Upright feature that allows you to draw lines on your photos to tell Lightroom how to straighten vertical and horizontal perspective lines. Watch the video below for a demonstration of this feature, or read the details below the video.

  • For best results, perform lens corrections work first.
  • In the Transform panel, click on Guided or on the cross-hatch icon
  • Draw two vertical lines that should be parallel, and Lightroom will distort the photo to make them parallel and fix vertical perspective. Draw two horizontal lines that should be parallel and Lightroom will distort the photo to make them parallel and fix horizontal perspective. Alternatively, you can  draw two perpendicular lines to straighten photos. A maximum of four lines can be drawn.
  • To delete a line, click on it and hit the Delete key on your keyboard. To move a line, click and drag on each end.
  • After a transformation, you may have white areas around your photo. Either crop them off (Constrain Crop or go into the Crop tool) or use the Scale slider to enlarge what is left.
  • In cases where The X and Y Offset sliders (along with Scale) can be used to fine-tune what portion of your photo remains. Slide the sliders or hold down Cmd/Ctl and Opt/Alt and drag in your photo to move it on the canvas.

 

Fixed Bugs
  • The “As Shot” White Balance showed different values when using the Adobe Standard color profile and other camera matching color profiles. (This only occurred with the Canon EOS IDx MKII, Canon EOS 80D, and Canon EOS Rebel T6 cameras.)
  • DNG Flat Field plugin would not work if the source image contained GPS metadata.
  • Mac users unable to export user-created/ custom Develop presets.
  • Tethered shooting with Canon 5D did not work on MacOS 10.11 El Capitan.
  • Unable to see the New Folder preview inside the Destination panel within the Import Dialog.
  • “Print to File” feature did not work if the default filename was changed by the customer (Mac OS X 10.11.3).
  • Removing Virtual Copy Smart Preview also deleted original’s smart preview.
  • Unable to merge images after using the Recover Edges plugin for older cameras with in-camera crop applied.
  • Scrollbars missing from the Book module (Windows)
  • Lightroom would crash when using tethered shooting with certain Canon camera models.
  • Removing face tags causes photos to get stuck in “To Be Republished” state when using Publish Service Plugins such as SmugMug.
  • Inconsistent dialog behavior when using fullscreen mode in Mac OSX 10.11.
  • Text overlays within the Slideshow Module appeared fuzzy.

 

New Lens Profiles Added

For a complete list of lens profiles added, read the Adobe announcement.

GPU: Graphics Cards Blacklisted on Mac

GPU acceleration will be disabled for the following AMD GPUs on Macs running El Capitan because of an issue with El Capitan:

Radeon HD: 6330M, 6350M, 6370M, 6430M, 6450M, 6470M, 6490M, 6530M, 6550M, 6570M, 6630M, 6650M, 6730M, 6750M, 6770M, 6830M, 6850M, 6850M, 6870M, 6950M, 6970M, 6990M

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May 012016
 

On April 1st I published a 90-second video on how to turn boring photos into stunning photos. It was in fact  a (hopefully entertaining) April Fool’s Day joke. If anyone tells you that they can teach you in 90 seconds how to turn boring photos into stunning photos, you should be skeptical!

In all seriousness, the most important step to getting the most out of your photos with Lightroom is to master the Basic panel. In the 20 minute video below I go through several examples to teach you all aspects of this most important panel in the Develop module. This video is one of the 76 in my Lightroom CC/6 and 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond video series. With the purchase of this series you receive all the photos I use in this video and in all of the photo editing videos.

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Apr 282016
 

Lightroom 6.5.1 UpdateToday Adobe released a free update to Lightroom CC and 6: CC 2015.5.1 and 6.5.1. This update fixes a few issues introduced in the last update and adds support for two more cameras, the Pentax K-1 and the Sony RX10 III (DSC-RX10M3).

To install the update, in Lightroom go to Help>Updates. Creative Cloud subscribers will also find the update on the Apps tab in the Creative Cloud application. If the update isn’t available yet, you can download it from here (Mac  Windows) and then double click on it and install it. It’s always a good idea to back up your Lightroom catalog before updating. If you are not affected by the issues below and don’t have one of the two new cameras, you can hold off on this update if you want to see how it goes for others. (If there are any major widespread issues I will update this post – no news is good news (but still not a guarantee from me!)

After updating, if you are a Creative Cloud subscriber, to continue syncing your collections to Lightroom mobile, click on the identity plate area in the top left and sign in to your Adobe account.

Lightroom Sign in to sync

Sign in to continue syncing to Lightroom mobile and web.

Fixed the issue of EXIF Lens Name getting stripped for Nikon Cameras

For Nikon photos imported using 6.5/2015.5,  lens data was not populating correctly. Nikon users can check for this issue by selecting a folder of photos imported after you installed the last update, 6.5 (released March 16), and then filtering on Lens using the Library Filter bar at the top of the grid. If this bug affected you,  you’ll see “Unknown Lens”. (Watch my video tutorial further down in this post if you don’t know how to do this.)

Lightroom 6.5 CC 2015.5 Unknown Lens

The update released today will automatically resolve the issue for  files imported after you install today’s 6.5.1/2015.5.1 update. If going forward you would like to be able to search for photos based on what lens you shot with, then you’ll want to go back and populate the Lens field for files imported with 6.5/2015.5. Follow my written instructions below or watch the video tutorial a bit further down in this post, in which I show you how to identify and resolve the issue.

  • Select all files imported with 6.5/2015.5  (it can’t hurt to select more files than this)
  • Up in the menu bar in the Library module go to Metadata>Save Metadata to Files.
  • Next go to Metadata>Read Metadata from Files.

Note that if you have NEF files rather than DNG, as a result of the saving, you’ll see .XMP files out in the folders with your originals. Once you do the Read Metadata step you can delete these or you can just leave them there – they are very small and are harmless.

The process above doesn’t work with virtual copies. After you fix the master photos, use this method to get lens information onto your virtual copies:

Create a new virtual copy and copy your develop work from the old one to the new one:

  • Right-Click on your master photo and choose Create Virtual Copy. This new VC will have lens information.
  • Select your old virtual copy (without the lens information), right-click, choose Develop Settings>Copy Settings, Check All, and Copy.
  • Right-click on your master photo and choose Create Virtual Copy.
  • Right-click on the new virtual copy, choose Develop Settings>Paste Settings. This virtual copy now has lens information and your develop work.
  • Delete the old virtual copy – right-click and Remove.

For those not familiar with using the Library Filter bar and and/or who would like to see me work through this process, in the  video tutorial below I show you how to check to see if this issue affected you and how to resolve it.

Video Table of Contents
00:36  What photos are affected and where to look for the Lens information
02:00  Updating to 6.5.1
02:42  Selecting affected photos
04:03  Writing out your editing work and then reading the lens information and editing
05:30  Getting lens information onto virtual copies
07:28  XMP files left in folders with affected photos

Permissions Issue on Mac

In the last update, 6.5/2015.5, if Lightroom encountered permission issues with folders it writes to (i.e. if they are set to Read Only and Lightroom needs to write to them),  you would be locked out of using Lightroom until you changed these folders to Read & Write. With this new update, you can continue to use Lightroom, but you are still advised to fix the issues. Here’s the new message you will receive:

Lightroom-permissions-repair-issue

Other Issues Fixed
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Apr 012016
 

Update April 2, 2016: Now that April 1 has passed, I’ll say that this video was an April Fools’ joke. Watch it only if you are up for a laugh!

In this short new video tutorial I show you how you can turn a boring photo such as the one below on the left into a stunning photo, on the right:

Lightroom Get Stunning Results!

Most people really like the pace of my tutorials, but a few people would like slower or faster pacing, so I have tried to adjust my style  – let me know what you think!

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